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Professional Ratings: 95 The Wine Advocate, 95 Wine Enthusiast, 91 Wine & Spirits
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Green Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 117056
Dense ruby red color with garnet hues. The nose is rich of warm tones, red fruit, spices, liquorice. On the palate it is a thoroughbred, with a flavorful weave of silky tannins that are greeted with the freshness and structure that is typical of a great vintage. With a very long and overwhelming finish, it is a wine that will further evolve in the years to come.
The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli is a phenomenal effort in this average vintage. I am amazed by the estate's ability to make a wine with this level of textural richness, depth and sheer power in 2005. This is a dark, inward Brunello loaded with black fruit, smoke, tar, menthol and a host of other dark, sensual aromas and flavors. The wine’s length and intensity are truly a marvel to behold. Like the 2003, I expect demand for the 2005 Riserva to be relatively weak given all of the interest for the 2006s and more highly-regarded vintages of the Riserva, which means this wine will almost certainly be available at favorable pricing somewhere down the line. It is a stunner. The 2005 Riserva spent 25 days on the skins and 40 months in French oak casks. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035.
Riserva Vigna Paganelli is an outstanding wine with bold chocolate and exotic spice aromas that are folded deep within the wine’s solid, succulent structure. This expression earns high marks thanks to the impressively rich and creamy feel it imparts in the mouth.
From the oldest estate block, planted in 1964, this is a rich Brunello with a modern feel. Long aging in French oak barrels has given a sleekness to the black cherry-scented fruit, while the tannins still maintain their youthful edge. This should be best around ten years from the vintage.